The unimproved and improved channel systems throughout the City of Oak Ridge North provide a wide range of benefits to the human and natural systems. They provide flood storage and conveyance, reduce flood velocities and flood peaks. Water quality is improved through the channel bottoms’ ability to filter nutrients and impurities from runoff and process organic wastes. The local channel bottoms provide breeding and feeding for fish and wildlife, create and enhance waterfowl habitat, and protect habitats for rare and endangered species. The floodplains are an important asset. They provide open space, aesthetic pleasure, and areas for active and passive uses.